opera fusion: new works
Opera Fusion: New Works (OF:NW) is a dynamic partnership between Cincinnati Opera and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Created in 2011 to foster the development of new American operas, OF:NW has grown into a nationally recognized collaboration which is not only advancing in repertoire, but also serving as an inspiring example of a successful joint venture between an educational institution and a professional performing arts organization.
OF:NW offers composers or composer/librettist teams the opportunity to workshop an opera during a 10-day residency in Cincinnati. Residencies utilize the facilities, personnel, and talent of both Cincinnati Opera and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). The workshops are cast with a combination of CCM students and professional artists, and each workshop concludes with a free public presentation of excerpts followed by an audience Q&A session, all of which is streamed online.
Music by Matthew Aucoin
Libretto by Sarah Ruhl
Eurydice retells the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus from the perspective of his wife Eurydice, who is trapped in the underworld and awaits her rescue. The libretto is based on Sarah Ruhl’s play by the same name and uses contemporary English to portray the quirky and confused young lovers.
Workshop: November 8–17, 2018
Public Presentation: November 17, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Music Hall's Wilks Studio
1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Admission: Free, but tickets required. This event has reached capacity, and tickets are no longer available. Click here to watch the live stream on Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 PM.
Music by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Kimberly Reed
Kaminsky and Reed's new work new work takes place in Postville, Iowa, which bills itself as the “Hometown to the World,” but is known for a massive 2008 raid by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency at a Kosher meat-packing plant, in which over a tenth of the town’s population was arrested and deported.
Workshop: December 12-16, 2018
Public Presentation: December 16, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Music Hall’s Corbett Opera Center
1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Admission: Free, but tickets required. This event has reached capacity, and tickets are no longer available. Click here to watch the live stream on Sunday, December 16 at 7:30 PM.